Fries – Oven Baked and Seasoned
adapted from Cooking Light, July 1996
First, I make the seasoning. I make 4 servings of seasoning at a time, and keep it on the ready. I make these fries like it’s my job. I just love ’em.
1/4 teaspoon salt $0.01
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder $0.05
1/4 teaspoon paprika $0.02
1/4 teaspoon pepper $0.01
Total – $0.03 serving of 1/4 teaspoon
(spices don't have calories. Yay.)
Servings – 2
1 baking potato $1.08*
1/2 teaspoon seasoning $0.06
1/2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese** $0.27
1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil $0.03
Total for recipe – $0.72 per serving
Calories: 200 Fat: 4 Protein: 3.9
Preheat oven to 450°.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and toss well.
Arrange half potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze. When frozen, put in a container for later use.
Coat a pan very lightly with cooking spray and put it in the oven for 3 minutes.
When it comes out, add the fries on a single layer, quickly but safely. You should hear a satisfying sizzle. That will equal deliciousness later.
Bake at 450° for 10 minutes and flip. Bake another 10 -15 minutes or until golden (for fresh). For frozen bake 15, flip, 10-15 minutes or until golden.
Eat these while hot. Once they’ve cooled, it’s over. Unlike fries done in oil, they can’t retain their crunch when cool.
*If all I have is a large baking potato, I will freeze the other half of the fries, pre-prepped, and just bake them like that. They definitely suffer in the freezer. I wouldn’t kick them out of bed, but they’re much like the fries you buy pre-frozen at the grocery – just alright. I still freeze them sometimes because I hate wasting food, even potatoes. Plus, some nights, I’m tired and just want something quick. You can use a small red one to avoid the waste, but russets are better french fry potatoes.
**this is one of the only applications in which I use what one of my friends calls “Shake Cheese”. Fresh works just fine, but for some reason, shake cheese gives a bit more flavor. Also, it’s typically cheaper. That said, I don’t know that the preservative potassium sorbate is bad for you, but it can’t be great. WF makes a natural grated parmesan without it. Still, fresh is best most of the time.